Psychiatrists in Glenview, IL

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Christopher Lynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, NP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
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Robert Bloom
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60026
Dr. Bloom graduated from Rush Medical College in 1983, where he went on to do his residency in psychiatry, and he spent his next four years there as Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Bloom went on to serve in a variety of clinical and academic positions associated with the practice of both psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Bloom is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Bloom graduated from Rush Medical College in 1983, where he went on to do his residency in psychiatry, and he spent his next four years there as Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Bloom went on to serve in a variety of clinical and academic positions associated with the practice of both psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Bloom is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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Yuzhen Zeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glenview, IL 60025
I believe in taking an integrated approach to treatment. I practice a non-judgmental style and aim to be welcoming to patients of all backgrounds, as each person’s journey is unique. When formulating an approach to medication, I keep the patient’s history and experiences top of mind. My goal is to work side by side helping patients find answers within, as they know themselves the best. By working together through challenges and stressful times, I hope to help my patients walk away with a better understanding of themselves and the relationship between medication and therapy.
I believe in taking an integrated approach to treatment. I practice a non-judgmental style and aim to be welcoming to patients of all backgrounds, as each person’s journey is unique. When formulating an approach to medication, I keep the patient’s history and experiences top of mind. My goal is to work side by side helping patients find answers within, as they know themselves the best. By working together through challenges and stressful times, I hope to help my patients walk away with a better understanding of themselves and the relationship between medication and therapy.
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Christian Charvet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glenview, IL 60026  (Online Only)
As we collaborate on your path to wellness, know that you are not alone. I am here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will explore the best treatment options and strategies to manage your condition, with the ultimate aim of improving your quality of life. My practice encompasses working with children, adolescents, adults, and elders, ensuring that care is tailored to meet the unique needs of every age group. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to providing a warm, inviting, and compassionate environment where healing can flourish.
As we collaborate on your path to wellness, know that you are not alone. I am here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will explore the best treatment options and strategies to manage your condition, with the ultimate aim of improving your quality of life. My practice encompasses working with children, adolescents, adults, and elders, ensuring that care is tailored to meet the unique needs of every age group. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to providing a warm, inviting, and compassionate environment where healing can flourish.
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MBBS, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glenview, IL 60026  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
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Eitan D Schwarz
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
I offer uniquely broad and deep expert experience and judgement, accumulated during a career marked by decades of consistent compassionate professional competence, helping folks of all ages with stresses at work, school, or in relationships, or unhappy with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or trauma. Expect me to send you medical and other questionnaires to bring with you so we can be thorough and remain focused on your needs. You can usually count on some relief and a clear plan when you leave. Most of my patients see a gradual lifting of symptoms within the first week or two and sustained improvement thereafter.
I offer uniquely broad and deep expert experience and judgement, accumulated during a career marked by decades of consistent compassionate professional competence, helping folks of all ages with stresses at work, school, or in relationships, or unhappy with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or trauma. Expect me to send you medical and other questionnaires to bring with you so we can be thorough and remain focused on your needs. You can usually count on some relief and a clear plan when you leave. Most of my patients see a gradual lifting of symptoms within the first week or two and sustained improvement thereafter.
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Michael R. Binder M.D. Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
30 years of experience with adults and adolescents; wholistic approach; average time to improvement - 7 days; easy to reach with direct access to pager. Dr. Michael Binder is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is an innovative neuropsychiatrist who published the first comprehensive psychophysiological hypothesis of psychiatric disorders, an advance that catapulted his success rate to nearly 100%. Dr. Binder offers both psychotherapy and medication management with attention to mind, body, and spirit.
30 years of experience with adults and adolescents; wholistic approach; average time to improvement - 7 days; easy to reach with direct access to pager. Dr. Michael Binder is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is an innovative neuropsychiatrist who published the first comprehensive psychophysiological hypothesis of psychiatric disorders, an advance that catapulted his success rate to nearly 100%. Dr. Binder offers both psychotherapy and medication management with attention to mind, body, and spirit.
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Anna Hereth
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60026
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
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Vibhuti Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
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Caroline Onischak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
I care about you and want to know your story. I strive to make my patients feel heard, seen and understood, and provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence in which patients can feel comfortable sharing their past experiences and current hopes and goals. I combine this understanding with my expertise in medicine, neuroscience and trauma-informed care to develop the best treatments possible for you.
I care about you and want to know your story. I strive to make my patients feel heard, seen and understood, and provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence in which patients can feel comfortable sharing their past experiences and current hopes and goals. I combine this understanding with my expertise in medicine, neuroscience and trauma-informed care to develop the best treatments possible for you.
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Phillip Samuel Epstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a wellness hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a wellness hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
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Maya Ramic
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025  (Online Only)
As a general psychiatrist, I provide treatment for patients 18 years of age and older, mostly for conditions of depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation and psychosis. While I am dedicated to providing care to a general psychiatric population, I feel uniquely privileged in providing care to individuals coping with parenting and marital stressors. Each individual is unique with a specific set of life circumstances. I see an individual’s relationship with self as the foundation of all life experiences, and key for healing and moving forward.
As a general psychiatrist, I provide treatment for patients 18 years of age and older, mostly for conditions of depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation and psychosis. While I am dedicated to providing care to a general psychiatric population, I feel uniquely privileged in providing care to individuals coping with parenting and marital stressors. Each individual is unique with a specific set of life circumstances. I see an individual’s relationship with self as the foundation of all life experiences, and key for healing and moving forward.
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Alexia Copenhaver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glenview, IL 60025
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
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Kim Dennis
Psychiatrist, MD, CEDS
Verified Verified
Glenview, IL 60025
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She has helped thousands of remarkable people with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and addiction isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. She is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help SunCloud Health patients become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves.
Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She has helped thousands of remarkable people with their illnesses. Her knowledge of eating disorders and addiction isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. She is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help SunCloud Health patients become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves.
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More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Meaghan Cotter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I truly believe the only path to healing is "through." I plan to help you heal through the wounds that hold you back. With a combination of medication prescribing (if needed), talk therapy, skill building, and body work you can get to a place of thriving and aligning with your desires. Using techniques that are safe, non judgemental and open, together we will come up with a plan just for you.
I truly believe the only path to healing is "through." I plan to help you heal through the wounds that hold you back. With a combination of medication prescribing (if needed), talk therapy, skill building, and body work you can get to a place of thriving and aligning with your desires. Using techniques that are safe, non judgemental and open, together we will come up with a plan just for you.
(630) 552-6276 View (630) 552-6276
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Ana Mirica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 11 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, hyperactive disorder (ADD / ADHD), sleep disorders.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 11 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, hyperactive disorder (ADD / ADHD), sleep disorders.
(630) 491-5669 View (630) 491-5669
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Annya Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60631  (Online Only)
Annya Nguyen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorder, impulse control disorder, etc. As a DNP-PMHNP, Annya's role is multifaceted, including providing quality care, building & maintaining therapeutic relationships, educating, advocating, counseling, referring, and managing medication.
Annya Nguyen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorder, impulse control disorder, etc. As a DNP-PMHNP, Annya's role is multifaceted, including providing quality care, building & maintaining therapeutic relationships, educating, advocating, counseling, referring, and managing medication.
(847) 744-8471 View (847) 744-8471
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Dr. Ravneet Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
NeuMind Clinic specializes in individualized psychiatric care and medication management and offers unparalleled expertise in addressing a wide array of mental health disorders. With a dedicated focus on personalized treatment plans, the practice ensures that each patient receives tailored care that aligns with their unique needs. Specializing in disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, the practice's team of experienced psychiatrists and mental health professionals employs a compassionate and comprehensive approach to empower patients on their journey to mental well-being.
NeuMind Clinic specializes in individualized psychiatric care and medication management and offers unparalleled expertise in addressing a wide array of mental health disorders. With a dedicated focus on personalized treatment plans, the practice ensures that each patient receives tailored care that aligns with their unique needs. Specializing in disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, the practice's team of experienced psychiatrists and mental health professionals employs a compassionate and comprehensive approach to empower patients on their journey to mental well-being.
(224) 300-4268 View (224) 300-4268
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Coded Healthcare and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60626
I hold a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) and am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I earned my MSN with a concentration in psychiatric mental health and a doctorate in nursing with the highest honors. I am an approachable and affable practitioner. I exhibit an exceptional passion for mental health, which is conspicuously manifested in my patient interactions and correspondence. I urge you to initiate communication and consider collaborating, as I firmly assert that psychological wellness serves as the foundational underpinning for a fulfilling life and achievable vision.
I hold a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) and am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I earned my MSN with a concentration in psychiatric mental health and a doctorate in nursing with the highest honors. I am an approachable and affable practitioner. I exhibit an exceptional passion for mental health, which is conspicuously manifested in my patient interactions and correspondence. I urge you to initiate communication and consider collaborating, as I firmly assert that psychological wellness serves as the foundational underpinning for a fulfilling life and achievable vision.
(630) 509-0290 View (630) 509-0290
Photo of Irma E Funes, FPA, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Irma E Funes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60646
I will treat your Behavioral and Mental Health Disorder as if was my own. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach . I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders. In 2011, completed Masters of Science in Nursing at North Park University in Chicago.
I will treat your Behavioral and Mental Health Disorder as if was my own. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach . I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders. In 2011, completed Masters of Science in Nursing at North Park University in Chicago.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Glenview, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$500

Psychiatrists in Glenview, IL who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
64% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Aetna
60% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Glenview, IL see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Glenview?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.